Faculty - Practice Academics

Given that WUAS has committed to raising its faculty qualifications to a ratio of 60% of teaching staff having a PhD/Doctoral qualification by 2021, this does not mean that the quality of teaching and learning by business practitioners will be limited. A continuous growth of teaching staff is foreseen, and WUAS will continue to attract Practice Academics, further developing a policy of engaging teaching staff that have a proven record in research and have clear links with the professional field.

Teaching Faculty / Practitioners

Esther Bakker-Gitonga, MSc, Head School of Hospitality

Esther Bakker, MSc, has a master’s degree in Leisure Tourism and Environment Management from Wageningen University, the Netherlands. After graduating with honours in Hospitality & Tourism Management at Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Esther worked as a restaurant supervisor, consulted in hospitality start-ups, and has worked in higher education both in Kenya and the… read more.

Lasantha De Silva, MBA, MA, DIMM, Head of Operations

Lasantha De Silva, MBA, MA, DIMM, originally from the banking sector, had a career change to Education in 2008. He comes with a strong managerial background in South Asia, the Middle East and Europe. An alumnus of Wittenborg and University of York St. John, UK, he qualified with an MBA in Finance from the former and MA in Leadership, Innovation and Change… read more.

Adeyemi Banjo, MSc, MBA, Senior Lecturer

Adeyemi Banjo, MSc, MBA, comes from a multidisciplinary background. He first graduated from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, in 1991, with a BSc in Psychology. After working for a couple of years, he decided to further his studies and was able to obtain degrees in informatics and engineering management from Saxion, the Netherlands, a master’s in Business Administration (MBA… read more.

Myra Qiu, MSc, FHEA, Manager Academic Partnerships

Myra Qiu, MSc, FHEA, obtained her Bachelor of Business Administration in International Logistics Management at HAN University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands. She then went on to complete her MSc in Event Management and a PGCert in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, a joint programme with the University of Brighton, UK, and Wittenborg. Myra is a … read more.

Dadi Chen, PhD, Senior Lecturer

Dadi Chen, PhD, is presently a senior lecturer at Wittenborg and the Programme Coordinator at the Amsterdam campus. He obtained a PhD degree in education from Leiden University, the Netherlands, and received his master’s degree in Foreign Linguistics & Applied Linguistics from Xi'an Jiaotong University, China. He is a highly motivated educator, researcher, and project… read more.

Gabor Molnar, PhD, Senior Lecturer

Gabor Molnar, PhD, is currently a Senior Lecturer at Wittenborg, a Silicon Flatirons Fellow at the University of Colorado Boulder, US, and serves as the Evangelist of Video Service and Science Evangelist at Divitel. He is also associated with e-Conomics as a consultant. The clients of his consulting practice include Fortune 500 companies, SMEs, as well as governments. Gabor… read more.

Ioannis Pantelidis, PhD

Ioannis Pantelidis, PhD, is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Sport & Service Management, University of Brighton and a Guest Lecturer on MSc International Events Management at Wittenborg. In 2000 he embarked on an academic career, having previously worked in a number of hospitality businesses from small restaurants to 5 star chain hotels in Greece, Germany and the UK. He… read more.

Gilbert Silvius, PhD

Gilbert Silvius, PhD, is an experienced lecturer, researcher and consultant, with a focus on project management and information management. He has over 20 years’ experience in organisational change and IT projects and is a member of the international enable2change network. Gilbert has published over a 100 academic papers and several books, and supervises academic research at… read more.

Doron Zilbershtein, PhD, Senior Lecturer

Doron Zilbershtein, PhD, graduated from North Central University, US, in Business Administration with specialisation in Industrial/Organisational Psychology. He is a dedicated educator with more than 20 years of experience teaching the hybrid method online, as well as teaching face to face classes utilising the Blended Learning/Socratic method. He has a proven track record of… read more.

George Bosire, MBA, Lecturer

George Bosire, MBA, is a highly analytical, adaptable and result-driven individual who believes in cross-border business integration and linkages that promote shared long-term advantages amongst players in an increasingly connected global business. He attained a certified Public Accountancy qualification in Kenya, Financial Management in Dublin, Ireland, Finance and Control in… read more.

Roland Ritmeester, MBA, Lecturer

Roland Ritmeester, MBA, started in the education industry at the publishers Elsevier, the Netherlands, first as a sales executive and then as content developer and trainer. In his career as a business developer, consultant, and manager, he develops and gives training and workshops, and has worked as a part-time lecturer at universities of applied sciences, most recently… read more.

Tanya Dimitrova, MA, Lecturer

Tanya Dimitrova, MA, gained her MA in Marketing and Management in 1999 from the University of National and World Economics, Sofia, Bulgaria, and in 2011 she attained a Diploma in Digital Marketing from London CAM Foundation, UK. She is a lecturer at Holland University of Applied… read more.

René Rijnders, MSc, Programme Coordinator

René Rijnders, MSc, has worked for the Dutch Board of the Hotel and Catering Industry for many years, focusing on Labour Market Research, Food Safety and Future Hospitality. He has participated in a number of publications on using the Design Thinking approach in concept development in hospitality. In 2013, he entered into teaching at Saxion Hospitality Business School, the… read more.

Emmah Nyambura Muchoki, MSc, Lecturer

Emmah Muchoki, MSc, studied Leisure, Tourism and Environment at Wageningen University, the Netherlands, and attained her BSc in Hospitality and Tourism Management in 2007. She became a lecturer at Hemland College, Kenya, in Hospitality and Tourism in 2010, and from 2014 to 2016, she was Head of School of Hospitality, Tourism and Foreign Languages at Hemland College. Emmah is… read more.

Wim Oonk, MBA, Lecturer

Wim Oonk, MBA, graduated from the London Business School, UK, with a Master of Business Administration. Throughout his varied career, he has accomplished many developments, training, and consultancy assignments within the financial, industrial, commercial and public sectors. He is used to developing, preparing, and executing training according to the… read more.

Fjorentina Muco, MSc

Fjorentina Muco, MSc, graduated from university with a master’s degree in Methodology, "Teaching English Through Multiple Intelligences" in 2004. Since then, she has worked in the teaching and business sectors for 20 years. Her passion and enthusiasm for these 2 worlds made her travel in Europe where she taught English and Business Communication skills to people for either… read more.

Marjon van Opijnen, MSc, MA, Lecturer

Marjon van Opijnen, MSc, MA   obtained her MSc in Business Science from Radboud University, the Netherlands, in 1996 and took a second MA in Applied Ethics in 2009 at Utrecht University, also in the Netherlands. Her main professional focus is social sustainability and justice… read more.

Alexander Bauer, PhD

Alexander Bauer, PhD, has more than a decade of international sales and management experience. Before he joined academia in 2014, he worked as an International Sales Manager – leading global sales teams, conducting negotiations on a global level with customers and suppliers in North and South America, Europe and Asia. He studied Business Management with a major in Marketing… read more.

Marc de Jong, MA, Lecturer

Marc de Jong, MA, graduated in 1991 with an MA in International Relations & German Language at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. Specialising in West-German unification policy in the 1980s, he did a traineeship at the German Parliament during the exciting unification process from 1989 to 1990. He received a scholarship from the Germany Institute in Amsterdam,… read more.

Arie T. Barendregt, PhD, Lecturer

Arie T. Barendregt, PhD, has been active in business-to-business sales and marketing management since 1980 all over Europe as well as the US. After completing his postgraduate marketing NIMA-C in 1994, Arie finished his MBA with distinction at Kingston University, UK, in 1996, studying how a medium-size packaging printing company could make a successful market entry into the… read more.

Andreas Ooijer, MSc, Lecturer

Andreas Ooijer, MSc, graduated from Erasmus University, Rotterdam, the Netherlands. He is a passionate lecturer, who develops and teaches courses and in-company workshops based on 15+ years of business experience. Developing and teaching bachelor's and master's courses, academic supervision of bachelor's thesis projects, developing course manuals, designing exams and… read more.

Mariví Martinez Brocca, MSc, Lecturer & Process Tutor

Marivi Martinez Brocca, MSc, graduated in Law and, despite originally intending to become a tax inspector, she changed her professional direction to work as a language teacher. She has taught in Spain, the French Antilles, Portugal and the Netherlands. In the Netherlands, she has taught in various institutions and private schools, such as the Hogeschool voor Economische… read more.

Bert Meeuwsen, MBA, MEd, Senior Lecturer

Bert Meeuwsen, MBA, MEd, was LtCol reserve in the Royal Netherlands Airforce and obtained the Senior Military Staff Officers Course certificate from the Dutch Ministry of Defence. He graduated with an MBA and Master of Education from LOI University, the Netherlands, and Driestar University, the Netherlands, respectively. He also holds various certificates such as PGCert.… read more.

Peter Saes, MA, Lecturer

Peter Saes, MA, graduated from the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, with an MA Ling, from the University of Nottingham, UK, with an MA Eng. Studies, and from Utrecht University of Applied Sciences (TTC), the Netherlands. Peter has two businesses of his own in language acquisition and services and develops language learning courses. He also has an army background as a… read more.

Bob Dyson

Bob Dyson graduated from the University of Manchester, UK, in Management Sciences. He subsequently attended the Small Business School in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. He has held several senior management and directors' positions in international companies. He now works as a consultant with Claassen, Moolenbeek & Partners where he advises companies and… read more.

Hans van Halteren, Lecturer

Hans van Halteren, is an expert in training and guiding teacher/management teams who are in the process of implementation of competence-based learning. He has consulting experience in education management and is specialised in business and commercial-related education and practical education. Designer of the 'College Company' concept, Hans has a creative mind… read more.

Lucinda Douglas

Lucinda Douglas works in the field of sales, and is an inspirational speaker and talkshow host. She is often hired by companies to conduct Sales Symposia, and also hired by entrepreneurs and networks to speak on Yes You Can achieve your goals. Lucinda also helps entrepreneurs with visibility. Lucinda has written various books, from bestsellers in the US to… read more.

Eike Fesefeldt, PhD

Eike Fesefeldt, PhD, studied law at the Philipps-Universität Marburg after graduating from the Gymnasium in 2004,. Between 2010 and 2012, he did an LL.M. at the Victoria-University of Wellington NZ. From 2010 to 2015, he wrote a PhD dissertation at the Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany. He became a judge at the District Court of Stuttgart, and from 2017 to 2019, he worked… read more.

Anna Donato, MA, Lecturer

Anna Donato, MA, holds a Master of Arts in Literature and Media as well as in Spanish Language and Culture (University of Duisburg-Essen, 2012) and additionally a Bachelor of Arts in English (Ruhr-University Bochum, 2008). Next to her appointment at Wittenborg, Anna Donato runs her own business leading teams and organisations through innovation and development processes. In… read more.

S. Berndt Exenberger, MSc

Berndt Exenberger, MSc, is an associate lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences Burgenland, Austria, and the ARGE Bildungsmanagement/Sigmund Freud University, Vienna, Austria. He holds a master’s degree in Economics from Vienna University of Economics and Business, a master’s in Law from the University of Vienna, and a master’s in Supervision from ARGE… read more.

Alberto Forte, PhD

Alberto Forte, PhD, is a senior lecturer at Wittenborg and an adjunct Professor at the University of Bologna where he teaches Tourism Economics in the Economics Department. His career in teaching and research at HE level started in 2004 when he embarked, as a recipient of the School of Sport and Service Management (University of Brighton, UK), on a PhD research project in… read more.

Gary Brickley, PhD

Gary Brickley, PhD, earned his PhD in Exercise Physiology from the University of Brighton, UK, in 1999 and PhD in final experimental research from Queensland University, Australia, in the same year. As an expert in Applied Sport and Exercise Science, he is motivated by applying theory to sporting challenges. Having coached at six Paralympic Games he has a strong reputation in… read more.

Roy Mouawad, PhD

Roy Mouawad, PhD, is based in Barcelona, Spain and is a lecturer at Wittenborg. He holds a PhD and Master of Research in Management Sciences. He collaborates with several universities and business schools such as ESADE Business School, Toulouse Business School, ESB Business School and Geneva Business School. Roy teaches courses related to Leadership and People Management,… read more.

Mark Swiecicki, MA, Lecturer

Mark Swiecicki, MA has over 25 years' experience in Programme Management, Change Management, Strategy and Consulting experience in Electronics, Embedded Computing, Government and Industrial enterprises. His experience covers many countries including the US, Germany, France and the UK. He has successfully led two in-house start-ups. He is… read more.

Fahad Shakeel, MBA

Fahad Shakeel, MBA, has recently completed his PhD in Ethical Leadership from Radboud University in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, where he has also been teaching the subjects "Academic Skills" and "Qualitative Research Methods" to undergraduate students. He is the course module leader and lecturer for the course "High-performance Leadership" at Wittenborg. Fahad stresses… read more.

Selcuk Yaglikci, MBA, Lecturer

Selcuk Yaglikci, MBA, a graduate of Marmara University in Economics with an MBA from Maryville University, U.S, has worked in the FMCG sector for over 20 years. He started his career at the Unilever sales department in 1994, then moved to the Coca-Cola Company where he held various types of marketing roles. He… read more.

Egon Zank, MBA

Egon Zank, MBA, has more than two decades of professional training, teaching and coaching experience. He guides global acting engineering, pharmaceutical and car manufacturing organisations on their operational and organisational development journeys.
Egon holds a diploma in Business Administration specialised in international management from Augsburg University of Applied Science.… read more.

Michael Luxenberger, MA

Michael Luxenberger, MA, is a teacher at ITM in Bad Vöslau and as such responsible for two modules, namely, Contemporary Issues in the International Service Industry and Intercultural Management. He holds a Magister in English, Geography and Economics (teacher education programme) from the University of Graz, Austria, 2016 and a Master of Arts in Business in… read more.

Cornelia Lurger, MA

Cornelia Lurger, MA, is a lecturer at ITM Bad Vöslau, Austria, and responsible for the modules International Marketing and Enterprise Technology and Innovation. She holds a master's degree in Arts in Business in Leadership in Tourism & Hospitality from the FH Wien der WKW, Austria, as well as a master's degree in Entrepreneurship in Tourism & Leisure from the… read more.

Michael Schindl, PhD

Michael Schindl, PhD, is a lecturer at New European College, Germany, teaching Change Management, Entrepreneurship, Strategy and Ethics. He holds a doctorate in Law from University of Vienna, Austria, and a Master in Economic Science from Wirtschafts Universität, … read more.

Vladimir Dzenopoljac, PhD

Vladimir Dzenopoljac, PhD, is Associate Professor of Strategic Management, Entrepreneurship and Leadership. He is teaching Corporate Entrepreneurship at Wittenborg. Vladimir also teaches Strategic Management at United Arab Emirates University, UAE. Previously, he was the Associate Professor and the Director of MBA programme at the College of Business Administration,… read more.

André de Waal, PhD

André de Waal, PhD, graduated from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in Economics. As an independent consultant, he focuses on performance management and high-performance organisations. He has been teaching and conducting projects in this field in countries like China, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Mongolia, Nepal, Peru, Surinam, UK, Poland, Saudi-Arabia, Yemen, South-… read more.

Thomass K. Hamann, PhD

Thomas K. Hamann, PhD, earned his doctorate in Cultural Dynamics: On Safeguarding Orchestras from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. He is at present the Executive Director of his own company at T. K. Hamann Gesellschaft mbH in Munich, Germany. Thomas has… read more.

Muhammad Asif, PhD

Muhammad Asif, PhD, started his career in industrial pharmaceutical manufacturing as a Quality Assurance Officer. During his job at a German multinational pharmaceutical company, he developed an interest in various quality management models and their strategic applications to achieve superior operational performance. To further pursue his passion in this field, he did a master… read more.

Tina Huesing, PhD, Lecturer

Tina Huesing, PhD, holds a PhD in global leadership and an MBA. Next to her appointment at Wittenborg, she is a senior lecturer at New European College, Germany, and senior consultant at Wyrmwood Consulting.  Previously, she taught at the University of Auckland, New Zealand,… read more.

Taoufik Samaka, DBA

Taoufik Samaka, DBA, is a procurement and operations professional who, since 2001, has held managerial positions in the renowned telecom corporates sector with assignments mainly in emerging markets. He is Adjunct Professor for MBA programmes at Webster University. At Wittenborg, Taoufik holds the position of Senior Lecturer. He holds DBA and EMBA degrees from Toulouse… read more.

Vijay Kochar, PhD

Vijay Kochar, PhD, holds a PhD in Interdisciplinary Design from Cambridge University. He is multilingual and has travelled extensively throughout his professional life. He has experience working in India, Australia, the US, Belgium, France, Germany and the UK. His key competences are in the area of customer, employee and results orientation, strategic agility,… read more.

Samer Ajour El Zein, PhD

Samer Ajour, PhD, holds a doctorate in Business Administration from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (2020), a master's degree in Finance and Economics Sciences from the Pompeu Fabra University (2011), a master's degree in Business Administration and Management from the International University of Southern Europe, Spain, and a bachelor's degree in Economics and… read more.

Amy M. Abdou, MA

Amy Abdou, MA, attained her MA degree majoring in Migration and Ethnic Studies from the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in December 2003. In 2001, she graduated from the University at Albany, US, with an MA in Sociology. In 2003, Amy started her career as a programme manager at the University of Amsterdam, and in 2008 she became the Project Coordinator of the… read more.

Timo Haatanen, MSc, MBA

Timo Haatanen, MSc, MBA, obtained his Master of Science in Management & Certificate in Global Management from Stanford University Graduate School of Business in California in 2008. Before that, he earned his MBA in Finance and International Management and Bachelor of Business Administration from University of San Diego. He is a passionate educator & lecturer committed… read more.

Vanessa de Oliveira Menezes, PhD

Vanessa de Oliveira Menezes, PhD, graduated in Tourism from UNIOESTE, Brazil, and continued with a specialisation in Human Resources Management at the Federal University of Paraná, Brazil. She earned a Master’s Degree in Tourism and Hotels Management at Universidad de Extremadura, Spain, and a PhD in Business Management at UP, Brazil. She also conducted post-doctorate… read more.

Conor Sheehan, PhD

Conor Sheehan, PhD, graduated from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, after which he moved to London to pursue his initial career in 'rooms division management' at Claridge's Hotel and subsequently two other luxury west-end outlets. Later, he made the move into hospitality education at Westminster College where he taught human resource management and applied hospitality business… read more.

Veronica Stivala, MSc, Lecturer

Veronica Stivala, MSc, has been teaching for almost 20 years. Her areas of expertise include Academic and Business English and Teaching English as a Foreign Language. She is also an editor and freelance journalist and writer. Veronica also performs and writes for the theatre. She has written comedy sketches for a children's puppet show and is a regular performer and… read more.

Rashedul Hasan, PhD

Rashedul Hasan, PhD, completed his PhD in 2018, focusing on Corporate Governance issues for a non-profit organisation. He is also a CIMA member and holds the designation of ACMA, CGMA. His research interest includes corporate governance dynamics, performance, and risk management aspects of financial institutions, sustainability, and accountability issues. Rashedul serves… read more.

Jan Hendrik Hoekjen, PhD

Jan Hendrik Hoekjen, PhD, graduated from Universiteit van Groningen, "MA History – Cultural History" in 2012. He obtained his doctoral degree in 2018 from the Universiteit van Utrecht. His dissertation was about ‘Pars melior nostri. The Structure of Spinoza’s Intellect’. (Analysis of the instrumental and structural importance of the notion ‘intellect’ in Spinoza’s metaphysics… read more.

Matthias Klaeffling, PhD

Matthias Klaeffling, PhD, is a macroeconomist by training. Having studied economics and econometrics at the universities of Montpellier, Madrid, Bonn, and Harvard, he also was a visiting researcher at the Institute for Empirical Macroeconomics at the Minneapolic Fed, the St. Louis Fed, the ECB, ZEI, and the Finance Department at the LSE. Matthias has worked in… read more.

Maria Chalevelaki, PhD

Maria Chalevelaki holds a PhD in Linguistics with a specialisation in Semiotics. Her doctoral dissertation explored fashion industry branding using the tools of semiotics at the Université Lyon II, France. For several years, Maria taught semiology and visual culture in the Department of Communication at Lyon II Lumière University and in the Department of Graphic Design of… read more.

Ingmar Niemann, MA, Lecturer

Ingmar Niemann, MA, has more than two decades of teaching experience at different universities in Germany and Europe and as a speaker at companies, political foundations and political parties. He holds a Master of Arts in Philosophy, Japanese Studies and Law from Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, Germany, and a Diploma in Political Science from Hochschule für… read more.

Daniel Freeman, Ed.D.

Daniel Freeman, Ed.D, holds a Doctor in Education of Global Sport Leadership from East Tennessee State University, a Masters of Science in Exercise Science/Sport Management from University of Louisiana Monroe, and a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology from UNC Charlotte. He has been working in higher education (athletics, then institutional advancement) for over 6 years. He has… read more.

Iryna Bernatska, MSc, MA

Iryna Bernatska, MSc, MA, is a double master's degree holder in International & Digital Communication (NL & UK) and a master's degree holder in International Relations (UA) with over 10 years of work experience. Iryna is Campus Manager in Amsterdam and makes sure that all processes run smoothly and staff members and interns get guidance when needed. She supports… read more.

Stephanie Zündel, MA, Lecturer

Stephanie Zündel, MA, holds a master’s degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management from the University of Applied Sciences of the Austrian Federal Chamber in Vienna, a Bachelor in Hotel and Hospitality Management from Strathclyde University Glasgow, Scotland and is an alumni of ITM college in Bad Vöslau, Austria. She is currently the managing director of the tourist… read more.

Bojan Georgievski, PhD

Bojan Georgievski, PhD, earned his doctorate in Economic Sciences from the University of St Ciril & Methodius in Macedonia, in 2011. He is an assistant professor and researcher at several different universities both in Macedonia and Kuwait. He has a combined teaching experience of 6 years, and a combined professional experience in 3 different industries of over 15 years… read more.

Wieland Curdt, MSc

Wieland Curdt, MSc, holds a master’s degree in Consulting and Management of Social Structures from the Sigmund Freud University in Vienna, Austria and a degree in Protestant Theology from the Georg-August-University in Göttingen, Germany. He is an evangelical pastor as well as an independent coach and organisational developer, accompanying change-processes and developing… read more.